Context - Structure
World-class Universities have joined with the Australian Research
Council and a number of other Participants to establish ARNTE as a
national network linking hundreds of professionals - in academia,
industry, government and elsewhere - with each other and with related
and international settings. A wide range of complementary disciplines
are represented, including clinicians, biomedical engineers, basic
cell/molecular biologists, chemists, polymer chemists, nanotechnologists,
UNSW is the Host Institution for ARNTE, which is led by a Network
Convenor and managed day-to-day by a Network Administrator. A Steering
Committee designs an Annual Program of networking activities in
consultation with Participants and the broader membership, and monitors
impact and outcomes in order to continually enhance this program
and to report to its constituents. The network will host an annual
conference of all constituents, as well as allied groups, and will
foster international visits as well as targeted workshops around
“common goal” themes.
ARNTE has a particular interest in promoting the position of Australian
tissue engineering science internationally, particularly the encouragement
of links with ex-pat scientists, but also the strengthening of established
international links and the development of new links. It is anticipated
that ARNTE will formalize a structural link with key international
peak bodies such as Tissue Engineering Society International and
the European Tissue Engineering Society in 2004.
ARNTE also has a particular interest in encouraging young scientists
(the convenor is an Early Career Resarcher), end users and community
involvement in network activities. It is also essential that ARNTE
caters for the needs of clinicians, medical educators, SMEs, regulators
(particularly the Therapeutic Goods Administration) and policy-makers.
A set of Advisory Committees will support the Steering Committee
in the design of network activities for these audiences.